What are Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
Rechargeable hearing aids are a convenient and environmentally friendly solution for those suffering from hearing loss. Designed for easy wear, these devices are meant to eliminate the hassles associated with small, difficult-to-handle disposable batteries.
In addition to recharging, these hearing aids have extended capabilities like Bluetooth connectivity and directional microphones, which amplify the speech signals of the person talking while limiting background noise.
Who Might Need a Rechargeable Hearing Aid
Hearing loss is the third most prevalent condition facing older adults today. By age 65, 1 in 3 Americans suffers from hearing loss, and by age 75, 1 in 2 Americans is affected. Generally, hearing loss develops gradually and can even go unnoticed at first. But the effects of hearing loss can be devastating – communication issues and difficulty conversing can lead to isolation and even depression.
How Rechargeable Hearing Aids Work
Equipped with silver zinc or lithium ion batteries, rechargeable hearing aids provide up to 30 hours of battery life. At the end of each day, the patient will place the hearing aids into the rechargeable battery system. Green LED lights will illuminate and flash to signal the aids are recharging. When completely charged, which takes approximately three to four hours, the lights will remain illuminated until the hearing aids are removed from the dock for wear.
The Benefits of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Standard hearing aids that do not feature rechargeable battery technology require the patient to replace the batteries each time they wear out, which can range anywhere from three to 10 days on average. For adults with limited dexterity or visual impairments, this can be difficult, as both the batteries and the devices are compact. Not to mention, worn out batteries can hit at inopportune times, when the patient may not have additional batteries on hand. Rechargeable hearing aids eliminate this source of frustration, as batteries remain charged all day.